Frontaer recently came across the Thumpstar pit bike range and felt an unbiased review would be great to help consumers.
Through this guide, we’re not going to hold back any punches. Do these pit bikes really live up to expectations? Let’s find out.
Thumpstar Pit Bikes Review
It’s great when you see families helping their kids enter the sport of offroad motorcycling. It sure beats sitting infont of the computer or watching Netflix or worst, sitting on the iPad.
Life is all about exploring and having fun. When we were kids, there were none of these devices to be found!
Nowadays, the price of dirt bikes has come down but it’s still not that affordable. If you’re going into any of the mainstream stores like Honda, Yamaha and KTM, you aren’t coming out without dropping at least $4k on a Children’s dirt bike + protection gear. Ouch!
Fortunately, some companies have filled a gap in the market. One such company is Thumpstar, and one that we decided to research heavily.
Fun fact: All of their current models are illegal to ride on crown land because they don’t meet ADR-compliance for registration. For 99% of their owners, this is no problem at all but worth mentioning.
Chinese Dirt Bikes
Yes, they sell Chinese dirt bikes. Actually, dirt bikes are different to pit bikes in several ways. They are typically reserved for use by kids on private property to ride around casually or build their skills to race competitively when they’re older.
The pit bikes sold by Thumpstar have good reviews and customers are pretty happy with the performance. While Japanese and European brands have dominated the scene for years with their reliability, those from China have really come up in their standings. Nowadays you’re spending somewhere from a third to half the price to get a motorcycle that’s almost as capable.
For parents with several kids, it’s seriously expensive to kit everyone out with this year’s top-of-the-line KTM range. This is why a pit bike could be the best alternative out there and one light and nimble enough for lighter bodies to handle.
We looked far and wide and didn’t find too many negative experiences mentioned in reviews. Most people are pretty happy with Thumpstar and they’ve been operating out of their Western Australia premises for years now.
What’s more, they’ve invested a lot into their YouTube channel to improve their reputation. They literally show you what their pit bikes can do in the right hands. Even better – they even send their models into the World Cup of Pit Bikes!
When looking online, we found that their customer service team has been there to resolve complaints. If you need a hand with something, they tend to want to help you or point you in the right direction to one of their tutorial videos.
These bikes aren’t cheap. If you’re looking for a cheap Thumpster, you’ll have to look on eBay and Gumtree. These pit bikes have solid reviews and the engines have been run in well.
From 50cc to 250cc and their main machines – the 110cc and 125cc, it’s clear that Thumpstar has it all covered for younger riders and teenagers alike. If you’re an adult, you’ll be pretty bored after a few rides given that pit bikes aren’t really designed for typical rides out bush at high speeds, but as for those learning to ride, it appears to be a good combination.
By the way – read our complete Australian Dirt Bike Trails Guide featuring many places you can legally take your pit bike with the kids. Frontaer has made this free and it’s definitely worth the read.